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Supreme Court seeks ways to block child porn sites

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 7:15am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna
Pulls up DoT for delaying action, gives 3 weeks to respond.
  • Uday Mohite dna

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) seeking its response as to how to block websites with pornographic content in the country, particularly those featuring child pornography.

A bench headed by justice BS Chauhan asked the Union ministry of communications and information technology, of which DoT is a part, to file its response within three weeks.

The court which had earlier issued notice to information and broadcasting ministry took note of the submissions by additional solicitor general Indira Jaising that ministry is only concerned with content on radio and television and not with regulating websites. On this the bench remarked, “No problem, we can increase the department.”

The Centre had earlier told the court that it was difficult to block international porn sites in the country and sought time to consult various ministries in order to find a solution.

The court has also pulled up the Centre for taking such a long time in dealing with a serious issue while granting it time to devise a mechanism to block such sites, particularly those containing child pornography.

The court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Kamlesh Vaswani who pleaded that although watching obscene videos was not an offence, pornographic sites should be banned as they were one of the major causes behind crimes against women.

The petition stated that absence of internet laws encourages people to watch porn videos and over 20 crore porn videos or clippings are freely available in the market, which have been directly downloaded from the internet or copied from video CDs.

The petition states that, “the sexual content that children are accessing today is far more graphic, violent, brutal, deviant and destructive and has put entire society in danger and also poses threats to public order in India.”

“Most offences committed against women/girls/children are fuelled by pornography. The worrying issue is that the severity and gravity of such images is increasing. It is a matter of serious concern that prepubescent children are being raped,” the petition added. It also referred to the December 16 Delhi gangrape case.




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